Police have thanked the public for providing information in the ongoing hunt for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 14-year-old girl in Sheffield - and say it is ‘just a matter of time’ until the culprit is caught.
Jasmyn Chan suffered fatal injuries in the collision at around 9.20pm on Friday as she crossed Normanton Hill, Intake, with four friends near a pathway to Richmond Park.
It is believed that Jasmyn pushed one of the group - a girl aged 12 - to safety before the car hit her.
The 12-year-old was treated for her injuries - less serious than they were first thought to be - and is now out of hospital, while the rest of the group were unhurt.
Anna Colledge, who knew Jasmyn - nicknamed Jazzy - said: “From what I can gather Jazzy pushed her out of the way, she saved her life really. She was just the sweetest, politest, friendliest girl ever.”
Dozens of Jasmyn’s friends have been visiting the crash scene to pay their respects, many leaving floral tributes.
The car involved was small and dark-coloured - possibly a Volkswagen or Honda - and was travelling downhill towards the A57 Mosborough Parkway. The driver sped away from the scene following the crash.
Officers from South Yorkshire Police are appealing for the driver of the car to come forward - and say the vehicle is ‘likely to have some visible signs of damage’ from the crash.
Chief Inspector Stuart Walne said: “I’m grateful for the phone calls coming in to the investigating team. We have received a steady flow of information since Friday night and I have a team of officers working through the details to trace the car and ultimately, the driver involved in the crash that killed Jasmyn Chan.
“I am certain it is just a matter of time until we catch this driver and can ascertain exactly what happened at 9.20pm on Friday night on Normanton Hill.
“I would still like to appeal to anyone who may have information about this small dark car, that will be damaged, to call us on 101.
“I am also renewing my request to the driver of this car to hand themselves in. Put yourself in the situation that Jasmyn’s family and friends are now in. Think about what they are going through. Do the right thing and come forward.”
Witnesses or anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 1,098 of May 9, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Meanwhile, earlier the same day at around 3.15pm, a 13-year-old boy was crossing Chaucer Road close to the junction with Mansel Crescent in Parson Cross when he collided with a black Vauxhall Corsa.
He suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.
The driver of the Corsa, a 35-year-old Sheffield woman, was not hurt.
Witnesses to the Parson Cross crash should call 101 quoting incident number 593 of May 9.